Research Methods and Policy Evaluation

Course Number: MSS6240
Faculty: Erin Burns, PhD

About this course:

This course focuses on the use of social science research methods, ethics, and evaluation theories to assess public/non-profit outcomes. Students will use quantitative and qualitative research methods and program evaluation tools to answer important organizational questions related to process, resources, outputs, and outcomes; several research evaluation tools will be introduced. Students will also investigate best practices in research ethics, protections, and confidentiality. Finally, students will learn to apply (and possibly modify) assessment tools used in sustainable development.